The Philippine government terminated Tuesday the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees three days after President Rodrigo Duterte suspended the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
Leftist members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet are urging him to continue the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday that the Army is now preparing for the “inevitable armed conflict” with the communist guerillas.
The Communist Party of the Philippines said until there is no formal notice of termination from the government’s peace panel, they will consider the peace negotiations still in effect.
They also warned the all-out war approach will affect communities and civilians.
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines is calling for the immediate release of its peace consultant accosted in Toril here on Monday morning.
An army official said that the reported apprehension of one of the consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines was not connected with the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte to rearrest Communist leaders freed by the government to join the peace talks last year.
One of the consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines was arrested at a military checkpoint here Monday morning following the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to rearrest freed communist leaders who participated in the peace talks.
Peace advocates and militant farmers appealed to both panels of the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to continue the peace negotiations despite the withdrawal of the unilateral ceasefires by both Parties.
JASIG is an agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the NDFP which was signed by their respective negotiating panels on February 24, 1995.